Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba

Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, Brandon is a welcoming community of approximately 50,000 people.

Manitoba’s second-largest city, Brandon has launched its local component of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

Under RNIP, Brandon will work directly with employers and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to create a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers with skills and expertise to fill local job vacancies and those who want to live in Brandon and the surrounding area.

Community Criteria

  1. Applicant’s language proficiency levels are higher than the minimum levels established by the RNIP for the position for which the applicant received a job offer as confirmed by an IRCC recognized third party organization = +15 points

Minimum Language Requirements

NOC Category      Minimum Language Requirements 
NOC 0 and A CLB / NCLC 6
NOC B CLB / NCLC 5
NOC C and D CLB / NCLC 4
  1. Applicant’s spouse’s or common law partner’s (If applicable) language proficiency is equal to or exceeding CLB/NCLC 4 in all areas of testing as confirmed by an IRCC recognized third party organization  = +8 points
  2. Applicant has successfully completed a post-secondary program (minimum of 2 years in duration) in Brandon, Manitoba within the last 1 year. = +10 points

Note: To qualify for the available points the applicant must have completed the program’s full period of study in Brandon, or transferred from another post-secondary institution into a program that is only available in Brandon. The same needs to be confirmed by the post-secondary institution in writing.

  1. Applicant’s spouse or common law partner (If applicable) has completed a post-secondary program (minimum of 2 years in duration) in Brandon, Manitoba within the past 1 year = +5 points

Note: T0 qualify for the available points, the full period of study must have been completed in Brandon, or transferred from another post-secondary institution into a program that is only available in Brandon. The same needs to be confirmed by the post-secondary institution in writing.

  1. At the time of application, the applicant is authorized to work and is currently employed in Brandon, Manitoba or within the geographic boundaries of the Brandon RNIP, with the company that made the job offer = +20 points
  2. At the time of application, the applicant has held a full time paid job for at least six consecutive months (or equivalent part time) in the past 3 years in Brandon or the geographic boundaries of the Brandon RNIP = +5 points
  3. At the time of application, the applicant’s spouse or common law partner (if applicable), held a full time paid job for at least six consecutive months (or equivalent part time) in the past 3 years in Brandon or the geographic boundaries of the Brandon RNIP = +5 points
  4. At the time of application, the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), has demonstrated work experience or post-secondary education that could fill Brandon labour needs as:
  • advertised on websites listed on economicdevelopmentbrandon.com/employment-opportunities
  • advertised in the career section of any Brandon company
  • listed by Statistics Canada as an industry or occupation that exists in Brandon, MB =+ 1 point
  1. At the time of application, the applicant has lived in Brandon or the geographic boundaries of the Brandon RNIP for at least six consecutive months in the past 3 years = +15 points
  2. At the time of application, the applicant’s spouse or common law partner (if applicable), lived in Brandon or the geographic boundaries of the Brandon RNIP for at least six consecutive months in the past 3 years = +5 points
  3. At the time of application, the applicant and/or if applicable, the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner have an existing personal connection to someone who has been a permanent resident of Canada and who has lived in Brandon or within the geographic boundaries of the Brandon RNIP for a minimum of 2 years or is a Canadian Citizen.
  • Close family connection (Parents, previous legal guardian, siblings, or children of applicant or spouse / common law partner of applicant).

Each confirmed connection = +10 points to maximum available points

  • Medium family connection (Grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew).

Each confirmed connection = +5 points to maximum available points

  • Friend (no relation through blood, adoption or marriage).

Each confirmed connection = +2 points to maximum available points

Application Process

  1. Create an online candidate profile and upload any relevant documents you wish to include in the profile such as resume / curriculum vitae, language test results, education credential assessments, letters of reference, etc.
  2. Meet RNIP federal criteria apply for jobs located within the Brandon RNIP boundaries (Brandon and a 55 km radius of Brandon).

The Economic Development Office (EDB) reviews applications for employment received through the Brandon RNIP website and only forwards the applications that meet minimum skills, education and experience requirements to the employer who has the posted job vacancy.

  1. Applicant undergoes the employer screening process when invited to do so by the employer offering a Brandon RNIP qualifying job opportunity.
  2. Applicant receives a qualifying job offer from employer on IRCC form IMM5984
  3. Applicant applies to the Brandon RNIP for a Community Recommendation, on IRCC form IMM 5911 via the process established by EDB.
  4. Foreign National supplies EDB with requested documents and information to ensure a complete Community Recommendation application has been received by EDB.
  5. The Economic Development office reviews the applicant’s Community Recommendation application against federal mandatory eligibility criteria and Community Recommendation prioritization criteria, assigning points as applicable.

The top-ranking candidates will undergo further assessment including an applicant interview to confirm the applicant’s intent to reside in the community.

  1. The Brandon RNIP Recommendation Committee reviews the highest scoring Community Recommendation applications on a monthly basis, and makes one of three decisions listed below:
  • Approve Community Recommendation
  • Place the Community Recommendation on hold
  • Decline to issue a Community Recommendation

Community Recommendation applications on hold will be considered for Community Recommendation in each of the monthly assessment periods occurring during the consideration period (for up to six consecutive months from the date of application).

At the end of six months, the application will no longer be under consideration. At this time, the employer who originally provided the qualifying job offer may wish to issue a new job offer, or the candidate may secure a new job offer for a different position posted on Economic Development Brandon’s website. Either of these options requires the applicant to submit an updated application for recommendation.

  1. The applicant and employer offering the qualifying job offer are advised of the Brandon RNIP Recommendation Committee’s decision regarding their application for Community Recommendation.

If approved, applicant receives a Brandon RNIP Community Recommendation while the Economic Development office completes the federally provided recommendation form and provides the recommendation to the applicant.

  1. Applicant submits a complete permanent resident application to IRCC through the RNIP immigration program. The application for permanent residence must be submitted within 6 months of the date that appears on the Community Recommendation.
  2. IRCC confirms the permanent resident application is complete or returns the application to the applicant to provide missing documents and/or information. Once a complete application is received, IRCC assesses the permanent resident application as per their normal review process.
  3. Applicant receives confirmation from IRCC that a complete Permanent Residence Application has been received. At this time, the employer and applicant can made a temporary foreign worker application through the normal channels.

Temporary worker approval allows the main applicant and his/her family to come to Brandon, Canada and work while they are waiting for a decision on their PR application.

  1. Once the Brandon RNIP applicant’s temporary worker permit or permanent resident application is approved (whichever occurs first) and Canada Border Customs Agency approves the Foreign National’s entry to Canada; the applicant and his/her family (if applicable) can begin life in Brandon.